POSTED: July 21st 2012
Madrid 2020: Bid gets boost with support from over 100 companies
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
July 20 – The Madrid 2020 bid held an event gathering some of Spain’s biggest companies this week led by Mayor of Madrid Ana Botella, the Secretary of State for Sport Miguel Cardenal and Bid chief Alejandro Blanco.
More than 100 companies counting Spanish firms such as Accenture, BBVA, BMW, El Corte Ingles, Garrigues, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Telefonica, Ferrovial Agroman, La Caixa, Ifema, OHL Grupo Villarmir, Alcampo, Avanza and Ortiz, among many others, all declared interest in the Madrid 2020 bid plan.
Alejandro Blanco, president of the bid, noted, "We need the companies. Some of them started to work with us from the beginning, without asking any question, just because they want to walk beside us all the way long and they are willing to participate in any aspect which might be needed and do their bit.
“We count with great support both from government and private institutions.
"Spain is a country where bad news premiums today, but we have the best companies, which are leaders in their business, and we need to encourage all the positive things that this country has," remarked the President of the Bid, noting that "we are talking not only of a project, but the project that will bring Spain together.
"We do not seek the glory of sport, which we fortunately already have, we seek the social excellence, and to achieve it, we count on you," he concluded.
Miguel Cardenal, the Secretary of State for Sports, noted on the solidarity coming from the Spanish companies for the bid and said, "We are all together in this road: sports and political authorities, entrepreneurs, and the whole of the Spanish society are willing to achieve the dream of hosting and enjoying the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Madrid.”
Madrid Mayor, Ana Botella, added, “The Bid is a strategic opportunity for the city, as the Games in Madrid 2020 will invigorate the industrial and commercial activity, will generate employment, attract investment, promote tourism and boost the international image of our city.”
Juan Miguel Villar-Mir, head of one of the most important Spanish construction companies, OHL Villarmir, talked about the interest on behalf of the companies, “We all have a huge commitment and connection with the Madrid 2020 Bid, and a great hope that our joint efforts will help make Madrid the city chosen to host the Games in 2020.
"I can’t deny how proud I am of being from Madrid, the same as my grandparents, my parents my children and my grandchildren.
"Madrid 2020 is the dream of all its citizens. We want to build together a solid and responsible project, which will promote economic activity as well as map out Spain to the world and attract new investments.”
After the full government support having Spanish commerce behind the campaign is one more step forward, and shows that it is a national priority. Spain has endured economic stress however the government as well as many national businesses see the bid as an opportunity to be seized.
Madrid is competing against Tokyo and Istanbul to host the 2020 summer Olympics. The final vote will take place on September 7, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the IOC session.
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